Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to Green Home Building FAQs
Common Green Building Queries
We understand that building a new home, especially a green one, can bring up a variety of concerns. That’s why we laid out our most frequently asked questions so you can learn about our products and why you should GO GREEN.
What is green building?
To put it simply green building has two main goals: one, to increase the efficiency of the home and two, to protect human health and the environment. The ways we go about accomplishing these are numerous and range from how we pour our homes foundation to what ceiling fans we place in the home. Visit our checklist to find out more specifics or watch our construction video to find out more.
Why build green?
First, because it’s good. And not just good for our planet, but good for our health, our pocketbooks, and our kids future. By building sustainably we are positively contributing to what is going to be handed down to future generations rather than taking away from their starting point. Being green means that you don’t cut corners, you don’t do the minimum, heck, or even near the average. For us, it means passionately attending to every detail of building your home. This means that we consider everything from the concrete to the framing to the paint. Oh, and did we mention it’s good for the planet?
Okay, so green is good, but what about the homes?
Our passion for building homes doesn’t stop at being green. We want every home to be unique…to be yours. Once you decide on a floor plan we ask you to come out every week and talk to Paul about the stages of your home. We want you involved in the process. You pick colors, flooring, cabinetry and design features from our center. You are given information about all of the construction processes that go into each stage of your home. Each floor plan has special features that make each one interesting. Some have nicho’s, others have in-set shelving in the pantry, and others have accent wood ceilings.
Why do Paul Allen Green Homes have so many extra features standard?
Because Paul did not want to build typical cookie cutter houses. What we are passionate about is building homes that look like a million bucks, built like a tank and if they were a car they would get 100 miles to the gallon! Additionally our vision means that we also think about the entire community layout.
Green building means more costs. How are these homes so affordable?
Sustainable building should be accessible to everyone. We really believe that. As operating costs increase, efficiency becomes a bigger priority. When we decided to start building green we started learning about every way that we could improve our homes. We developed plans and then went back and developed them again. We thought a lot about balance, then went back and tuned them. Balance between efficiency and design. Between affordability and options. Given the numerous national awards that Paul Allen Green Homes has been recognized for we have clearly struck a chord with in the homebuilding industry.
What’s the building process like?
Typically our homes take 5 1/2 months to build from the time you sign the contract. For some people this isn’t an option, and we understand that. But to be able to create your home from scratch is an amazing process. You get to witness the first frames going up, the foundation being laid, the electrical going in. You watch your home being built for you. We like people to come out once a week, or at least a couple times a month, so they can see the process. We love transparency, and we think you will too. We are confident in our homes and we think you will be even more glowing when you get to see everything from start to finish.
Paul Allen Green Homes exceeds the top standards in energy conservation, low water use, filtered indoor air quality systems and sustainable long term listed building materials. From how it's built to what's built in it, our homes go above and beyond for health considerations, the planet and future generations to enjoy the homes unique pedigree. That's why a Paul Allen Green Home has all the independently tested green engineered documents recorded to the deed and title to insure it's set apart from all other homes in the Multiple Listing Service.
Contact Paul Allen Homes
Phone: (505) 884-7336
Paul's Cell Phone: (505) 450-2395
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10am - 5pm, Sunday: 12 - 5pm